Archived Student Voices

If you are a college, university, or a career-technical school student with a disability, The HEATH Resource Center takes this opportunity to welcome and encourage you to submit an original article to our editors for publication in our new "Student Voices" section of The HEATH Resource Center Publications and Newsletter. HEATH publishes high quality articles that examine important issues in transitioning students with disabilities into postsecondary education, supporting individuals with disabilities in colleges or universities, and career-technical education in the United States. HEATH aims to be a resource that can be actively used by students, their families, practitioners, the academic scholar, and the institutional agencies. To ensure a worldwide audience with ease of access for our articles are published on the Internet at HEATH is currently soliciting papers from students who will share their experiences, lessons learned, and can "mentor" through their writing fellow students in secondary special education or postsecondary education and career development. We are looking for papers that provide families and professionals an opportunity to "walk in your shoes" to gain insight in your experiences as individuals with disabilities as you continue your post high school education and career development. We are especially interested in articles that describe how you overcame the barriers to successful completion of your higher education. The editors welcome well-written articles that advance knowledge, introduce practical guidance and suggestions, and promote access to postsecondary education for students with disabilities. Published "Student Voices" articles will utilize good journalistic style and be well written reflections of your personal experiences as you interacted with the issues or topics relevant to postsecondary education as students with disabilities. Please send submissions to the following address: Donna Martinez, Director The HEATH Resource Center The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development 2134 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20052 Attach Microsoft Word document copies to: [email protected] Paper Submission and Evaluation Student Voices are short (2-8 pages) personal reflections of individuals with disabilities" experiences in colleges, universities, or career-technical schools and their lessons learned. Published articles are designed to provide a glimpse into the experiences of (1) transitioning as a student with a disability from high school into postsecondary education, (2) a current problem or obstacle you faced and how you overcame it and/or solved the dilemma, or (3) an issue facing you as an individual with a disability that has not yet received much institutional attention and needs to be brought to light (we encourage your suggested solutions). This section is particularly designed for fellow students, the educational practitioner or fieldworker to experience real life experiences and issues facing students with disabilities as they continue their post high school education. HEATH seeks to provide a forum for getting these important informative experiences, and practical insights into the mainstream. 1. While the articles are personal reflections and experiences, writing and editorial styles are based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). See the APA Web site,, 2. What to submit: a. Three hard copies of the complete paper with floppy disk or an e-mail attachment (preferable). Verify that the file is virus-free. The manuscript must be typed utilizing Microsoft Word. b. Separate cover page with: i. authors' names, titles, institutional affiliation, mailing addresses, daytime phone number(s), fax number(s), email addresses, and a brief biographical sketch. ii. A statement that the manuscript is not under consideration elsewhere. iii. A statement publication format consideration for Student Voices iv. Keywords (5-10) on the cover page. The main purpose of keywords is to enable successful searching in a database for the main message of your paper. When selecting keywords always think about how any reader might interrogate the database. c. Short abstract (2-4 sentences). d. Camera-ready graphics and photographs, PowerPoint files, or jpg graphic files are welcome. It is the responsibility of the author to obtain all appropriate permissions to publish graphics and pictures. Criteria for Acceptance Articles are assessed based on topic suitability, originality, innovativeness, applicability, scholarship and adherence to scientific standards and relevance, and cogency of argument. The HEATH Resource Center is especially committed to publish manuscripts which attempt to combine theory and practice and add to the literature pertaining to postsecondary education for students with disabilities. Therefore, the conclusions of the articles must be practically oriented, enriching the educational planning and experiences of students with disabilities transitioning from secondary schools, as well as offer insights and guidance to students with disabilities, their families, and professionals supporting them as they continue their education in colleges, universities and/or career-technical schools. The following six criteria will be used in reviewing the papers for publication. 1. Relevance to transitioning and/or postsecondary education students with disabilities and the education field 2. Subject mastery & originality 3. Technical mastery 4. Appropriate documentation and inclusion of detailed list of related publications, websites, and/or organizations as applicable 5. Writing and editorial styles that follow guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6. Submissions utilize person-first, bias free language with logical organization, maximum readability, and language accessibility HEATH will publish in electronic format. For questions regarding the submission and review status, or further information please contact Donna Martinez, Director of The HEATH Resource Center at: email: [email protected] or postal mail at: The GW HEATH Resource Center | 2134 G Street, NW | Washington, DC 20052.